Center for Research in Language CRL Newsletter
May, 2000
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May 2000: Vol. 12, No. 1

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Introducing the CRL
International Picture-Naming Project


UPDATE(2003): Up-to date information and resources of the CRL International Picture-Naming Project (CRL-IPNP) is available at

English: Elizabeth Bates, Kara Federmeier, Dan Herron, Gowri Iyer
University of California, San Diego

German: Thomas Jacobsen, Thomas Pechmann
University of Leipzig

Italian: Simona D'Amico, Antonella Devescovi
University of Rome 'La Sapienza'

Spanish: Nicole Wicha, Araceli Orozco-Figueroa
University of California, San Diego &
Universidad Autonóma de Baja California

Spanish-English Bilinguals: Kathryn Kohnert, Gabriel Gutierrez
San Diego State University & University of California, San Diego

Chinese: ChingChing Lu, Daisy Hung, Jean Hsu, Ovid Tzeng
Yang Ming University, Taipei

Bulgarian: Elena Andonova, Irina Gerdjikova, Teodora Mehotcheva
New Bulgarian University, Sofia

Hungarian: Anna Székely, Csaba Pléh
Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest & University of Szeged

A b s t r a c t

The UCSD Center for Research in Language is engaged in a large international study to provide norms for picture naming (both names produced and reaction times) in seven different languages (English, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Bulgarian, Hungarian) as well as a separate sample of bilinguals (Spanish-English). For all languages, norms have been obtained for 520 line drawings of common objects. For a subset of the languages, norms are being collected for another 275 line drawings of actions. Here we present an overview of the methodology, some preliminary results, and a discussion of plans for publication. A cross-language data base, organized by items, will soon be available on the CRL website, including results of the norming study itself together with available lexical information (frequency, age of acquisition, etc.) for the associated target names.

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